There may be another wedding on Sesame Street. This time for Bert and Ernie? Say what?! There's an online campaign pushing for the loveable roomies to get hitched and have the first gay wedding on the children's show.
The petition letter written by activist Lair Scott, on change.org reads:
"In this horrific age of LGBT kids taking their own lives, they need to know that they ARE BEAUTIFUL and their lives are worth living. Aside from those that are committing suicide, the bullies that facilitate these tragedies need to learn that homophobia is NOT okay. They need to know that acceptance of their fellow human beings would indeed plant a seed of peace that will reverberate throughout the world. We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful by allowing Bert & Ernie to marry. It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different. Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives."
So far, over 4,000 people have signed the online petition.
It comes over a month after New York became the sixth, and largest, state to legalize gay marriage.
Did you know Bert and Ernie were gay? The rumors have been swirling about the Muppets' sexuality since the duo first appeared on the small screen in 1969. And since they live on Sesame Street in the Big Apple, they could now have a Big Legal Wedding.
But the idea of pending nuptials has sparked a debate off of Sesame Street. Opponents say having Bert and Ernie marry after 40 years could confuse kids. Others argue it's too political a move.
A spokesman for Sesame Workshop wrote in a statement: '(Bert and Ernie) were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.
'Even though the Sesame Street Muppets possess many human traits and characteristics, they have no sexual orientation.'
Are you in favor of the idea?
Viewers serve up their thoughts:
Miguel writes on Facebook: they're puppets
Shunda writes on Facebook: Ummm....gonna have to say NO!! I have nothing against gays, but it's a frickin children's show!!! I think it is MY job as a parent to inform my child about ALL things, especially when it goes against the "norms" of society! If they do this, my child will NOT be watching. Enough is enough. I don't infringe on the rights of gays/lesbians...I don't want them infringing on mine! Just stop already!!!
Kim writes on Facebook: I'm not against gay marriage... but like Miguel said.. they are puppets for goodness sake.... People REALLY need to focus their energy somewhere else.
Gwen writes on Facebook: The whole concept is ludicrous. Why are people talking about "allowing" them to get married?? They're not a couple, and they never have been. As a proponent for gay marriage, I am all for having a new couple on (people, not muppets) who happen to be same-sex so that there is equal representation on the show. But don't impose sexuality on muppets who never had any for your political purposes.
Shneia writes on Facebook: I don't see the point as to why this is so important to the age group that watches sesame street! Bert & Ernie are best friends who live together as room mates. Since when did they start a relationship to fall in love and get married? I support gay marriage 100%, but I don't think it's necessary! I doubt it will happen there was an uproar when Katy Perry showed too much flesh when singing with Elmo and they kept it off the air. All I see is sesame street being canceled and that would be a disservice.
Summer writes on Faecbook: "WOW - Well I know in general, Sesame Street leans left. But it's a show for pre-schoolers for goodness sake! They show clips of families with 2 mommies or 2 daddies when they talk about families (and how they're all different) on the show.... That's as far as it needs to go. The only 4-year-olds who would understand a gay wedding are those who have gay parents!! I imagine the producers of Sesame Street understand this and will leave this degree of politics to shows like Degrassi."
@EyeOpenerPolice tweets: @maggiesworld i agree with you, thats a little too much. new gay characters would be great. but leave B and E alone
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